Coast Guard Station Ponce Inlet Rescues 3 People

PONCE DE LEON INLET, Fla. – A Coast Guard search and rescue crew towed a disabled 21-foot vessel back to Coast Guard Station Ponce Inlet Friday night.

Morris Boykin, 38, of Orlando, and two passengers were on a 21-foot boat that was disabled and adrift seven miles east of Ponce Inlet when they called 911 for help.

A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy relayed the distress call to the Coast Guard for assistance. A Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat was launched to assist the three people aboard the disabled boat.

The search and rescue crew arrived on scene and towed the boat safely back to Station Ponce Inlet.

The Coast Guard recommends that boaters have a VHF radio on board their vessel and not rely on cell phone coverage when off shore. The Coast Guard also recommends that boaters have an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon on board to let search and rescue crews know exactly where you are in times of distress.

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